Speaking to Struggle, Victory and Dreams

"Passion is a huge prerequisite to winning. It makes you willing to jump through hoops, go through all the ups and downs and everything in between to reach your goal.” said three-time Olympic gold medalist for volleyball Kerri Walsh.

A common phrase about what triggers an achievement, is “no pain, no gain”. Victory follows where there is will, struggle and commitment. Being champions of a sport means having had continuous sweaty practices, equal and high dedication of all players on the team and a quiet strong push by the coach. And thats what led University of Moratuwa to emerge champions of men’s volleyball at the Inter University Games, last Sunday.

Having come all the way through to semifinals, and losing to university of Colombo at last year's IUGs, the team from Mora was determined to show their complete strength this year. The team, after playing for the Gamunu Rathnayake tournament against Colombo, Sabaragamuwa and J’pura, at which the they lost to Sabaragamuwa and Colombo, decided to move boundaries for the IUGs which were – at that point – just weeks away. They practised till midnight daily, since the end of the Gamunu Rathnayake tournament which was held in mid July. The continuous, tiring practice helped all players to give their best on the field last weekend.

Speaking to MoraSpirit, Tharindu de Silva who has been serving as captain since the end of last year’s SLUG, said he has played for the team for three years and has one more year to hit the ball for Mora. According to Tharindu, the team plans on doing beach training, which they see as an essential technique needed to be stronger. On a special note, he also added that the team is not sponsored and that players fund themselves to go on tours and play.

With regard to up coming tournaments, Tharindu says that all players who played this year’s IUGs including vice captain Manoj Maduwantha, will play for next year’s SLUG hopefully. They also target to be champions at next year’s IUGs and go on to win other tournaments as well. They wish to thank their coach Mr. R. A. Pavithra for being a pillar of strength at all times, Mr. Ratnamudalige for his unconditional support and also everyone at the physical education division.

We at MoraSpirit congratulate the team for bringing home the trophy once again after eight years and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

Article by: Yumna Albar

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